The following Environmental Education enthusiasts will be presenting at the 2018 ROEE Conference.
Keynote Presenter - Dr. Julie Carlson
Julie Carlson is a professor in experiential education and educational leadership at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has conducted research over the span of several years on the career and leadership of Lloyd Burgess Sharp and his influence on the outdoor education movement in the United States. Previously, she was a teacher for many years for the Outdoor Education Center operated by Houston Public Schools in East Texas. Throughout her career, she has worked with various camps, challenge courses, adventure programs, nature centers, campgrounds, and horse programs.
Sam Faith (Educational Consultant, Missouri Department of Conservation)
Johnny Gannaw and Meredith Von Trapp - Johnny and Meredith have worked together as the Assistant Directors of Waskowitz Outdoor School. Meredith has over 10 years of teaching experience and is National Board certified. Johnny has been working at Waskowitz for almost 9 years. Together they bring a passion for connecting others to people and nature, and lead their staff in a mindset to do the same.
Steve Gariepy - Steve has been facilitating outdoor experiential/environmental programs for 15 years and has been coordinating the Environmental Education Program at SIU-Cs Touch of Nature Environmental Center, a National Environmental Education Landmark for the past five years. Nature connection and personal development through outdoor programs is at the heart of his mission. He is the Southern Region co-director and board member of the Environmental Education Association of Illinois, the Illinois State Advocate for the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Program.
Susan Fowler - Susan is a Storytelling Artist and Scientist who weaves together creative drama, music, sign language, sketches, humor and smiles to share the Earth. Stories come to life as participants become the characters, the landscape, and sometimes even a vocabulary word. Each sharing hopes to celebrate beauty, culture, diversity, and harmony.
Mary Hanrahan - Mary "Acorn" Hanrahan has been working in education through various venues for 12 years. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Environmental Science and a concentration in sociology. She has been leading trainings on gender equity and inclusion for three years.
Larry Juede (Missouri Department of Conservation)
Peter O'Brien (Northwest Outdoor Science School)
Linnea Joy Pierson - Linnea is an Environmental Science Educator at NatureBridge in Yosemite and has been doing outdoor environmental education for three years. She has worked at Outdoor Lab Windy Peak in Colorado, Waskowitz in Washington, and Wolf Ridge in Minnesota. She has graduate certificates in Environmental Education and Sustainability Education from Antioch University. When she's not out teaching or adventuring she might be baking of playing Hardanger fiddle.
Mellanie Sandfort - Mellanie is a retired teacher of the Parkway School District. She has served as an instructional assistant at the Parkway Outdoor School Program.
Kristen Schulte - Kristen's passion for environmental education was ignited by a trail crew. Since this experience, she has dedicated 10 years of her life to a myriad of education organizations. After receiving an MS in Natural Science Education from Teton Science Schools, Kristen developed Yellowstone Youth Corps Curriculum, a resource that has been downloaded over 15,000 times. Currently, she works as the Education Coordinator for River Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River.
Katie Miesle - An outdoor educator and camp professional since 1994, Katie has witnessed how we transform people and communities through developing life skills. Since Katie left NWRESD's Outdoor School in 2009, she began partnering with organizations across the country to foster community, mentor leaders, and empower staff. The connections provided in her innovative leadership program give people a greater sense of confidence, ownership, and motivation. Katie also teaches experiential K-8 Science in the classroom (utilizing NGSS curriculum).